A member of U.S. Congressman Tom Marino’s staff was arrested Friday morning and charged with allegedly bringing a gun into a Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Marino represents the 10th District in Pennsylvania, covering 15 counties, including Lycoming County.
Ryan Shucard was escorted by U.S. Capitol Police after his arrest in Washington D.C.
Police said Shucard, a member of Congressman Tom Marino’s staff, was caught carrying a 9 mm handgun and ammunition into the Cannon House building during the required security search.
We caught up with the Republican Congressman at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville, which falls in Marino’s 10th District.
Marino declined to comment, saying he was spending time with his family at the fair and this was not the place to discuss Shucard’s arrest.
Marino said to call his office Monday to schedule an interview.
Marino’s Chief of Staff Bill Tighe told Newswatch 16 Shucard is licensed to carry a firearm in Virginia where he lives but not in D.C.
On Shucard’s arrest, Tighe said: “We are disappointed that Ryan showed a lack of judgment and responsibility as a firearms owner.”
At the fair, people agreed.
“Take care of your firearm in a very safe manner, you never keep the ammunition where the firearm is at and you keep the firearm locked up,” said Chalmer Van Horn, a member Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creek.
“You have to be very careful what you have permit-wise, paperwork wise,” said Beth Finn from South Williamsport.
Marino’s chief of staff said the Congressman was in the Williamsport area at the time of Shucard’s arrest.
Shucard is now on unpaid leave of absence and faces a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license.
“Yeah he should have been arrested because you bring a gun to Capitol Hill you’re going to be arrested,” said Howard Grossnickle from Williamsport.
Others here think he made an honest mistake.
“I’m guessing that it was just an error where he didn’t think, he forgot that he had that gun and it was found on a metal detector to me that isn’t a big deal,” said Bob Crockett from Williamsport.
According to Ryan Shucard’s Facebook page, he is originally from Colorado and apparently has no ties to Pennsylvania.